Foundation Rwanda Tasting Event and Auction
Thursday, May 13, 7:00pm-9:00pm
30 of New York's top chefs and mixologists will join Foundation Rwanda for a tasting event and auction (all proceeds going to support the education and well-being of women and children affected by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide). Tasting dishes will be provided from chefs such as Gabe Thompson from dell'anima and L'Artusi, Anita Lo from Annisa, Mike Price from Market Table, Patti Jackson from I Trulli Ristorante, Alain Allegretti from Allegretti, and more. The silent auction will be for luxury culinary items and photographs from leading contemporary photographers such as Eugene Richards, Steve Pyke, and Jonathan Torgovnik. $125 advance, $150 at the door. Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York, NY; event website.
Manhattan Cocktail Classic
All sorts of events, tastings, parties, and seminars bringing together the finest cocktail talents from around the city. More info here »
Taste of Tribeca
Saturday, May 15, 11:30am-3:00pm
Over 60 Tribeca restaurants will be represented at this annual tasting event. Tickets are good for six samples, free wine tastings from local shops will also be available. Proceeds benefit P.S. 234 and P.S. 150. $40 advance, $45 day-of. Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets); event website.
Japanese Food Cooking School
Saturday, May 15, 9:30am-1:30pm
DeGustibus Cooking School is partnering with EN Japanese Brasserie to host a Japanese cooking course with instruction from Chef Abe Hiroki and EN owners Reika and Jesse Alexander. Participants will prepare Kyoto-style appetizers and entrees such as the Clay Rice Pot with salmon & salmon roe and oshinko, housemade pickles. Afterwards, students can enjoy their dishes during a five course sit-down meal complete with wine pairings. $245. (If you are so inclined, stick around for EN's evening event—a tasting of 100 sakes, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, $40). EN Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street (at Leroy Street); 212-647-9196; event website.
Greenmarket Bike Tour
Saturday, May 15, 9:00am-12:00pm
As a part of Bike Month NYC 2010, the crew from Eat Well leads a bike tour of three NYC greenmarkets at this "Tour de Farmers' Markets." The ride totals 6 miles over three hours and participants are asked to come with a bike, helmet, and cash for the greenmarket goods. After Union Square will be the Fort Greene and Grand Army Plaza markets. Free. Meet at the northwest corner of the Union Square greenmarket; event website.
Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sunday, May 16, 12:00pm-4:00pm
The neighborhood taste offers food from Pies 'n' Thighs, Rye, Diner, Fatty 'Cue, Van Leeuwen's Ice Cream, Walter Foods, and much more, plus beer from Brooklyn Brewery, a cookoff from The Food Experiment creators Nick Suarez and Theo Peck, and live performances all throughout the day. The event raises money for the capital campaign of the Northside Town Hall, in the former Engine Company 212 firehouse in Williamsburg, a future community and cultural center. North 11th Street, Brooklyn (Berry/Wythe); event website.
Big Burgundy Breakfast
Sunday, May 16, 11:00am-1:00pm
This non-traditional wine event was a huge hit in the UK and is making its NYC premiere. Virtual attendees are encouraged to log on to view the live streaming video and participate in the the conversation about Burgundy, one of France's most diverse and complex wine regions. Virtual guests will have the option to write-in questions and comments on the www.WineChap.com chat room wall or via Twitter @WineChapNYC and a panel of beverage media and sommeliers from some of NYC's best restaurants will answer those questions as they talk about Burgundy wine. Free. Go to event website.
Wednesday, May 19, 6:30pm
The American Museum of Natural History continues to explore the legacy of Silk Road trade routes at this lecture. Najmieh Batmanglij, author of Silk Road Cooking, will trace the movement of ingredients for baklava like rose water and walnuts between China and Italy. There will also be a tasting of the pastry with tea. $20. Linder Theater, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West (at 79th Street); 212-769-5200; event website.